Pirates sink Arrows

Isaac Chansa put the Sea Robbers in the lead in the first half and the visitors clinched the points when Siyabonga Sangweni netted an own-goal in the second half.

Arrows would have come into this game very confident, having put in a five star performance over the weekend to beat their neighbours AmaZulu, but showed their opponents too much respect in this contest and ultimately paid the price, lacking the necessary verve to bag three points.

After a dreary opening ten minutes, the nearly 5,000 spectators in attendance were off their feet when Pirates’ Isaac Chansa found himself with only Arrows keeper Helton Da Rocha to beat but he shot over the bar.

Arrows got their supporters excited in the 20th minute when it looked like Norikazu Murakami found the back of the Pirates net with a powerful header from Itumeleng Duiker’s cross but their joy lasted for only a moment as the ball had actually crashed into the side netting.

The hosts should have taken the lead with the very next move when Siyabonga Nkosi powered down the right flank and sent in a pin-point cross to an unmarked Collins Mbesuma, unfortunately for Arrows the striker headed over from close range.

Arrows coach Zoran Fillipovic would have been disappointed at the manner in which his team conceded the first goal. Chansa, who is renowned for his striking abilities from distance, made the most of the shooting space given to him in the 28th minute. He duly obliged by firing home a powerful shot from about 20 metres away.

The visitors pulled further ahead in the 49th minute when Arrows defender Siyabonga Sangweni diverted Tlou Segolela’s corner kick into his own goal.

Arrows had a chance to claw their way back into the contest six minutes later when Russell Mlotshwa and Mbesuma combined to open up the Pirates defence, but keeper Senzo Meyiwa was able to tip Mbesuma’s well struck shot over his crossbar.

Right at the death both sides traded chances. Pirates’ Mark Mayambela forced Da Rocha to keep out his low effort and deep into stoppage the visitors’ defensive wall kept out Nkosi’s in-direct free-kick inside the Pirates goal area.